Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thank YOU!!!

In April 2014, I decided to take on a personal challenge to not buy any off-the-rack new clothes for a year.
It has been almost 6 months, and I am happy to say that it has become easier now.... I really thought I would struggle to NOT buy the cutest and latest trends from all of my favorite stores. I have to admit it was harder than I thought BUT.....

 I have found a new and creative outlet, and I have had so much fun making new clothes from scratch/patterns and refashioning thrifted clothes to make them new and fresh again! (Some don't start out so fresh...ewww) I have saved a considerable about of money as well!!! Perks, perks, perks.


Like this Teacher dress I made below:

And this:

This:

This:

This:

This:

This:


Aaaaaaaannnnd This:
Just to name a few....


This has been such a blast, and I hope to continue this throughout the year, and beyond...Who knows where this creative journey will take me. I have some fun projects planned in the near future, and I am excited to show you!!!


I digress......back to the NO SHOPPING RULE......

It waxed and waned a bit here and there about shopping, or rather NOT shopping at Old Navy, and Department stores....and no new purses....UGH no new purses! Wait....no new purses? Ok, Ok I won't buy any.....(Internal fight).... but overall, I really do enjoy looking into my closet and trying to revamp some old or tired clothing, and seeing new ways to wear clothes I already had!

My awesome 94 year old Grandma sent me a TON of fabric and clothing that I have just had so much fun with!! Thanks Grams! And, thank you to my sweetest Aunt Esther for packing it all up in the most genius ways!!! I love you! I have so many more projects in mind, and I couldn't have come up with them without the inspiration from those items. (They will be in future posts)
I've made THISTHIS and THIS so far with stuff from my Grams.

I want to tank Bonnie as well for giving me the BIGGEST box of clothes to do whatever I wish! I'm still making and creating things from that box. (They will be in future posts) I've made THIS and THIS so far with stuff from Bonnie!

Also, I really physically could not have done this without all the thread and beautiful vintage sewing box from my Mother-in-Law Pinky, and my Step-mom Ann, who has the best taste in fashion that I've ever met! You're the bomb Pinky and Ann!!

Thank you to all my friends and family who have supported me throughout this fun adventure. I couldn't have done it without their support! The biggest THANK YOU to my husband Kenny, for being my biggest supporter and cheerleader!
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Safari Dress

This is such a cool dress. I wish you could feel how awesome the fabric is. Smooth, silky, but not too silky! The only problem is it's too tight, and the length is a bit weird.

Too Tight. Blarg! But, alas, it was only $1.23. I'll make it work!

 I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but I'm trying to suck in as much as possible and still have a nice face..... clearly not working.....

                                                                    But this Print!!!

                                                                         I just love it! I'll see what I can do.........................

I have this pleathery type vinyl material, and I cut 2 strips about 2 inches wide.
I picked out the side seams and sewed in the strips of material to make the dress a little roomier.
That's really all I did.
 I wasn't sure about this dress, but I think it turned out O.K.
Some leggings, and a cardigan to battle the chill. All set for a day at work!

Boom!




Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cozy Comfy Dress

I wanted to escape the chill in the slowly approaching cold weather with a cozy outfit. I knew exactly what dress I was going to wear. 
Suuuuuuper comfy dress + Goodwill = $1.23 (my kinda price tag!)
However, this needed a little update. The dress weighed me down, literally and figuratively, so I chopped off some length at the bottom, and a bit on the sleeves. I was so excited to keep working on this dress so I could wear it! It was a thick fabric. Just the right thing to keep me warm.


Snippity Snip!

It was still too much fabric so I took in the sides of the dress. Unfortunately, I had to lose the pockets. That made me sad, but I got over it.
But, it fits much better, and did I mention, its soooo comfy!




I expected a little more style from Eddie. Oh well, I'll take care of that!




It had cute buttons, and the material is the softest heavy knit ever!
However, the neckline was too stifling, so I cut it off and sewed a new neck.
Say "cheese"!

Posing in the beautiful library.



Perfect for a chilly day.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lady in Red! Oh yeah and THE COPS!

This red dress caught my eye at the thrift store. I was loving the print, and the fabric. The best part was, it was only a few bucks. However, my friends said it looks a bit Granny-ish as is.
This dress fits great, it's a classic, kinda dated style, but it is a ton of fabric, and I'm only 5'4"... We'll 5'3.5", and it's too much on my short legs!
 The shoulder pads had to come out!
Snip them out!
The shoulder pads have the hanger straps attached to them, and I will turn them into great cat toys!


The dress also had these ties on the back, which really didn't do anything for the dress. I felt like it was just one more thing to waste time while getting dressed, so off they went! Snippy snip!
Here they are!

7, 8...lay them straight....

Some of the length had to come off too.
 Snippy, snippy snip!
I hemmed the bottom with some matching red thread, and it was ready to go!

The perfect dress for a night with my book club!
Selfie in the dress.

I was the first arrival at my lovely friend Jan's house. She took my "after" picture in front of her awesome garden! Thanks Jan!


Lot's of excitement at book club! The cops were in the street behind Jan's house. 
Karen went incognito in her shades, while Virginia scoped it out!


They're coming for you Tara!

We hid in the dark hoping to catch a glimpse of the excitement.

It turns out, lightning struck a stop sign, then the hot metal sign must have detached and hit a car.
What are the chances! No one was hurt, thank goodness!

you can see my reflection in the window taking pictures of the ladies checking out the cops.
 I HAD to capture this moment!

Book club fun!

See ya next time!